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ACS Week in Review: 15 March 2013

Friday, 15 Mar 2013

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ACS in the news

  • The week was dominated by discussions on 457 Visa and the IT sector.  The ACS provided information to many media outlets, including the 730 report, showing that while demand for ICT jobs is not uniform in every city or in every specialism, nationally Australia has an ICT skills shortage which is not being helped by insufficient numbers of domestic students choosing ICT as a career and the barriers faced by older workers to access retraining or re-enter the job market.
  • IT 457 Visas are less than a tenth of all 457 Visas with government data from DIAC and DEEWR explicitly noting skills shortages and very strong short to long term demand for IT roles, as with many other professions, and the need for skilled migration, in the short term. 
  • ACS Fellow Professor Frada Burstein featured in an article in The Australian.
    Public safety at mass gatherings such as concerts and sporting events could be enhanced with the development of a tool that scans social media to identify potential issues. The technology enables the information to be

Articles of Interest

  • Cost battle: Cloud computing vs. in-house IT
    It's one of the fundamental questions of cloud computing: Is it less expensive to run workloads in a public cloud than in an on-premises IT environment? The answer varies depending on individual customers and use cases but there are some general rules of thumb.
  • VMware blends in Nicira SDN technology, reveals public cloud plans
    VMware will integrate software-defined networking (SDN) technology it acquired from Nicira into its vCloud suite, while also unveiling plans for a new hybrid cloud service that in reality will provide customers with a VMware-powered public cloud.
  • New research facility in WA will help support cloud uptake
    A CSIRO joint venture will team up with Curtin University for a new facility that aims to enhance research capabilities. The facility will integrate Curtin University’s information and communication technology services and supercomputers at iVEC, a joint venture between the CSIRO and four Western Australian universities.
  • Coalition has three options for NBN: report
    The Coalition has three policy options available to it for the National Broadband Network should it gain power in September's federal election, according to the NBN Options for a Coalition Government Report.
  • ACCC proposes Telstra wholesale ADSL cuts
    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) recommended cutting interim wholesale prices for access to Telstra's copper broadband service by around $1 in regional and metropolitan areas.
  • In Pictures: The 10 greatest betrayals in high tech
    A humourous look at Tech-minded backstabbing in the industry by Computerworld.

Government and Opposition Announcements 

  • Government response to Converge Review and Finkelstein Inquiry
    Minister for Broadband, Communications, and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, announced reforms in response to the Convergence Review and the Finkelstein Inquiry.
  • Strengthened consumer protection for online gambling
    The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, announced that the Gillard Government will work with the states and territories to implement a national harm minimisation and consumer protection standard for all licensed online gambling activities.
  • Better maths and science teachers for our schools
    The Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Chris Bowen MP, and the Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth, Peter Garrett MP, announced a new $12.4 million program to improve university training and preparation for maths and science teachers.
  • SAP expands in Melbourne
    Technology Minister Gordon Rich-Phillips announced 120 new high-tech jobs will be created in Victoria with the expansion of global software company SAP and the establishment of SAP’s Mission Control Centre (MCC) in Melbourne. 
  • Labor won’t deliver on innovation precincts
    Feedback to the Coalition suggests that the Government’s MPs and officials remain completely unable to explain how the precincts will work.